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Ghost Edition – Top 10 Authoring Tools for 2013

eLearning 24-7

This year we will focus on the top ten authoring tools for 2013. For each authoring ranking, a brief true ghost story, then the vendor and why it was selected. Ghost Factoid: I n recognition of those lists identifying the scariest movies, here is my top five: Exorcist, The Shining, The Changeling (1980 version), Poltergeist (fun fact: the exterior of the house – seen in the movie, is only five blocks from where I live) and Ju-On (2002). #9 Nice assessment tool.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game.

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20+ eLearning Tools and Resources

DigitalChalk eLearning

With Articulate, you can create interactivity to a presentation by adding slide layers, drag-and-drop interactions, quizzing, screen recording, and software simulation. The Adobe Captivate software helps you create a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML content. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. GarageBand gives you all the tools you need to write, play, mix, and export your own song quickly and efficiently.

Tool Issue: XMind, WorldMapper, Balsamiq, VoiceThread, EtherPad, and Flowgram

Mark Oehlert

Their products allow you to create software mockups easily and quickly. So a couple more tools. The last two tools are a bit more complex but offer some interesting options for building content. Flowgram - If you've tried to use MSFT's Producer to marry up PPT with audio, notes, etc.then stop. You can create 'flows' of web pages, photos, etc (great review here ). Better idea.ask your your content authoring vendor when they'll have this functionality available!

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

eLearning 24-7

I mean the first Storyline, sweet and then here comes a new version, from a company not known to push out new products for a period of years – must rock. Transitions, Animations, Views – I am fine using it once, but again, new product-new version, so why I am still seeing PowerPoint within this product to such a point, that TAV are exactly the same as in PPT? Screams more like an advanced sequel to Studio than a robust new version of Storyline 2.

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

eLearning 24-7

One vendor, and they shall not be mentioned, had the event staff come over and complain to them because they were not always at their booth – I took an awesome photo of them “not being” there on the first day at 12:30. For PPT lovers, you can synch video files with PPT with drag and drop. They are an online authoring system. ” Him: “Right” Me: “You are an online authoring system” SlideShark.

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

eLearning 24-7

Authoring Tools. Do I need an authoring tool if I have a LMS? Do I need to get an authoring tool that is SCORM or can it just be proprietary? It’s a product whose core focus is an authoring tool (proprietary based), but offers the ability to add users, provides a few analytics and a few reports. Yeah, you can upload word docs, PPT, etc. – but not a course from say Articulate or any of the other tools.

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PowerPoint Tips, Tricks, and Hacks from 29 Experts

eLearningArt

PowerPoint is an extremely powerful tool when used correctly. Below you’ll see responses from some amazing PowerPoint gurus, including: top authors, speakers, instructors, bloggers, and even a handful of PowerPoint MVPs and Microsoft employees! She is one of only 12 Microsoft designated PowerPoint MVPs in the United States and is the author of one of the most popular blogs on the web. Don’t open PPT until you have a clear message. Power-crop photos with SmartArt.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: E-Learning Project Reality: Guerrilla Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Mostly software training, with bits of process and product information thrown in for good measure. Lots of software interactivity. Schedules dont always work out, so more often this is a one-on-one tour of the software and the content notes with the trainer. I capture all of their comments, make revisions, and send out an updated version. The client takes all the screen captures because we cant have access to the software.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Making Six Sigma Training Fun

Learning Visions

This manufacturing process training course was originally delivered as a four hour plus death-by-PowerPoint classroom session (if you could see the original PPT source content, youd begin glazing over within a few slides). When reviewing the alpha version of the course, I made sure to have their team have actual end-users take the course and see what their responses were. Photo Credits: So many ducks.Ducking hell.

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The ULTIMATE Guide to PowerPoint Alternatives

BrightCarbon

For the sake of this article, a PowerPoint alternative is software you can access from your computer or tablet that allows you to create presentations from beginning to end. is an online presentation tool that automatically enforces presentation design ‘best practices’ using artificial intelligence. There are no alignment tools, which would usually be a disaster because they help make sure all the objects on your slides are lined up properly. No alignment tools.

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Note : The vintage photos in this post are from training conferences circa 2000. It’s a BarCamp, the Open Source Version of a Conference. Response 13 Interaction; good web conferencing software, audio and video elements, whiteboards, diverse contributions. Response 31 high-quality participants with buying authority. Response 13 Crap software, terrible comms ie having to load software like webex and then make an international phone call.